Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 18, 2017

Progress Doesn’t Come Without Pain.

You can’t make progress without pain. It’s a simple as that.

It’s not fun to hurt. It’s not pleasant to be uncomfortable. It’s unnatural to willfully put yourself in that position.

But it’s also the only way that you grow.


You don’t earn success because you hang around for enough time. You don’t build momentum because you want it really bad.

To be successful you have to do hard things.

That’s the only way to grow. You have to do the things that other people make excuses to avoid doing.

You’re not happy that what you’re doing is hard. You’re not pleased that what you’re doing hurts.

You’re left gasping for air. Searching for answers. Wondering why it’s so difficult to achieve the goal you set out for yourself.

In those moments of unpleasantness, remind yourself of what’s really happening. You’re growing. You’re developing new super powers.

If you say you want growth but don’t feel pain, you’re living a lie.

Your actions aren’t getting you closer to success.

You can tell you’re building and maintaining momentum, even when you haven’t already achieved the goals you want, when you’re experiencing the aches of testing new muscles and trying new things.

Don’t give up because it hurts. That’s a sign it’s actually working.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.